Christine M. Flowers writes: I CAN PINPOINT the precise moment when I realized that Hillary Clinton was as toxic as one of those old Superfund waste sites and needed to be eliminated from the political landscape so she’d stop leaching poison into the groundwater: about three-quarters of the way through the Democratic debate. Anderson Cooper (or one of the other indistinguishable CNN moderators) asked her which enemy she was proudest of making. I envisioned Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers jumping up and down in their own private living rooms saying, “Pick me, pick me!” But Hillary knows better than to acknowledge that the only woman her husband didn’t have sex with was her (Chelsea being the Arkansas version of the virgin birth).
No, the current Democratic front-runner with the newly ironed-out forehead threw in a couple of expected and innocuous things like Islamic terrorists, but then lobbed fire at her real target: Republicans.
That’s right, folks, the woman who wants to be president of all Americans made sure to let us know that she considers members of the other main political party in this two party system “enemies.” And it’s fairly clear from her past pronouncements that it’s not just registered Republicans who make her stomach turn and her trigger finger itchy. Hillary hates all conservatives, charter members of the vast right-wing conspiracy that forced her husband to be serviced in the Oval Office and then lie about it.
Hillary’s supporters dismiss the whole “Bill Had Sex and Hillary Looked the Other Way” argument as ancient history, and it kind of is. In fact, Bill has rebranded himself as a lovable elder statesman who can reach across the aisle (which he does quite well since he has a lot of experience reaching for things).
But Hillary is an angry woman, scarred by past criticism and with a taste for vengeance that makes Michael Corleone look like Pope Francis. She does not forget even the slightest offense, and stores it away in that ENIAC mind of hers until it can be downloaded and used to take out the enemy. And believe me, the opposition carries the same passport that she does. Read the rest of this entry »
During a news conference last week, Clinton did not go into the details of how the review of her email was conducted, but said it was “thorough” and that she went “above and beyond” what she was required to do in turning over many of her emails to the State Department.
“We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department,” she said, adding that all other emails were personal and pertained to matters such as “yoga routines,” “family vacations,” and “planning Chelsea’s wedding.”
After the news conference, Clinton’s team distributed a lengthy question-and-answer document that detailed the “multi-step” process. The process appeared to have included an extensive, nuanced search of Clinton’s inbox, but the document did not make clear how many of the emails were opened and read in the review.
On Sunday, Clinton’s spokesman clarified that “every email was read” and that the steps they outlined in the document “were in addition to reading them all, not in lieu of reading them all.”
According to the document, here is a summary of how Clinton’s attorneys, who were tasked with the job, said they sorted through her emails:
First, a search was done of all emails Clinton received from a .gov or state.gov account during the period she was secretary of state — from 2009 to 2013.
Then, with the remaining emails, a search was done for names of 100 State Department and other U.S. government officials who Clinton may have had correspondence with during her tenure. Read the rest of this entry »
At The Corner, Brendan Bordelon Democratic strategist and longtime Clinton surrogate James Carville took no prisoners during a testy exchange with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell over Hillary’s private e-mails, lashing out repeatedly at the press and accusing Mitchell of taking “cockamamie . . . right-wing talking points.”
“The Times gets something from some right-wing talking points, they print the story, they gotta walk the story back. And everybody, the chin-scratchers go ‘Oh my God, the story’s not right but it says something larger about the Clintons.’ This is never gonna end. We’ve lived with this for 20 years. We’ll live with it the rest of the campaign. It’s all. About. Nothing. That’s my view of the whole thing.”
“Good morning!” Mitchell began. “Well, first of all, isn’t it time for Hillary Clinton to speak out? If you were advising her, should she address these issues?”
And Carville was off. “It was legal, it wasn’t against regulations, Colin Powell and Jeb Bush did the same thing, but ‘Oh my God!’ Do you remember Whitewater, do you remember Foulgate, do you remember Travelgate, do you remember Pardongate, do you remember Benghazi? All of this is just the same cockamamie stuff that we go through.”
“If I were a member of the press, and I realized right-wing talking points helped get us into a war, I would probably rethink the way I get my information.”
“The Times gets something from some right-wing talking points, they print the story, they gotta walk the story back,” he continued. “And everybody, the chin-scratchers go ‘Oh my God, the story’s not right but it says something larger about the Clintons.’ This is never gonna end. We’ve lived with this for 20 year. We’ll live with it the rest of the campaign. It’s all. About. Nothing. That’s my view of the whole thing.”
Carville went on to compare the Times use of “right-wing talking points” to the media’s use of Bush administration intelligence suggesting Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction — causing Mitchell to try, in vain, to steer the Democratic strategist back on track. Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON —Alex Pappas reports: While Washington, D.C. braced Monday evening for the federal government to shut down, Hillary Clinton hosted rich, connected, powerful Democrats at her swanky northwest D.C. home to raise money for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
“Good to see everybody!” McAuliffe said before being driven away from Clinton’s home in a black SUV on Monday night.
(Grae Stafford/Daily Caller)
The Democratic nominee for governor declined to answer questions from The Daily Caller about the Virginians likely to be furloughed in a government shutdown. An estimated 150,000 Virginians are likely to be affected.
Despite the shutdown threat, a Who’s Who of national Democrats (and a deer) still attended the fundraiser at the invitation of the former Secretary of State, First Lady and likely 2016 presidential candidate. Read the rest of this entry »
I saw this live on Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos broadcast, and it got my attention. Carville’s observation is surprising only in how solitary and contrary it is, coming from Democratic party figure. Carville’s appearance is revealing. He’s one of the few in this camp that isn’t missing the bigger picture. He’s saying what is already obvious to non-Democrats. Yes, Cruz is a fascinating and dangerous guy. He has the potential to be a powerful campaigner, standard-bearer, and persuasive communicator, it’s true. Cruz is absolutely fearless. Cruz’s willingness to leap ahead of rank, step on toes, pick fights, and make people uncomfortable isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.
There’s a reason Cruz is eager to debate his opponents, and his opponents are eager to change the subject. It’s Cruz’s strength. He may look like everyone’s negative stereotype of a cocky backwoods Texas Junior politician, but he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve. Cruz is a weaponized Ivy Leaguer, a Harvard Debate Champion. Mark my words, in a few years, Cruz will have a collection of trophies: the heads of slain opponents mounted above his fireplace.
While most of Cruz’s Democrat opponents (and some Republicans, too) are busy trying to dismiss Cruz, brand him as annoying and irrelevant, Carville’s the first guy to actually get it.
It’s uneasy, seeing praise like this from the opposing camp, it makes me wonder what Carville’s motive is. Carville is a peculiar guy who rarely censors himself. While Carville has a habit of speaking his mind–still–I see it as a warning. Beware of talk show stunts like this. Perhaps it’s harmless straight talk, and there’s no hidden agenda here. But I wouldn’t bet on it. — the Butcher
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